Some investments are inextricably tied to the markets on which they’re sold. For instance, stocks and bonds purchased on Wall Street must also be sold on that same market. Those who invest in small stocks which are not traded on Wall Street sometimes learn a harsh lesson because of this. Other investments are tied to other markets, such as the currency exchanges or the commodity exchanges. There is a large market for gold, which is commonly held as gold coins, ingots and in the form of jewelry, which has endured the ups and downs of many markets.
Gold investment is chosen by many people precisely because of the material’s portability. Gold is exceptionally valuable and, due to that fact, a large amount of wealth can be fit in a very small space. It’s easy enough to store a valuable amount of gold in a small wall or floor safe. Provided that the safe is fireproof and adequately concealed, there should be no problems with this mode of storage. When one moves, their entire store of wealth weighs no more than the gold in which its held, which is usually a very light mass to carry about.
Gold coins are very popular ways of storing gold for many reasons. Portability is primary among those reasons. Not only is the gold itself easy to transport but the fact that it’s in a form that was struck by a treasury makes it easy to exchange most anywhere. A coin, while it can come with certificates of authenticity, and these are useful, can most often be identified as genuine or phony by buyers and sellers quite easily. This means that, unlike paper currency, one can exchange their gold for local currency in most any nation in the world and with little effort.
Gold, amazingly enough, has proven portable across time. Trading in gold has been a feature of most every market, from the most ancient to the fastest-paced modern markets. While a gold coin with ancient origins would certainly be worth more than the value of its bullion alone, that bullion would have diminished not a bit in value because of age. The gold markets, like the material bought and sold through them, have remained consistently worthwhile for investors across incredible spans of time. Since there have been economies, in fact, gold has been a part of most of them.